Every once and a while I come across a paragraph so sublime that I feel like I have to share it. This is from a Foreign Policy piece about a resurgent interest in Soviet era food. The paragraph is about someone Stalin assigned to redesign the Soviet worker’s cuisine. The quote at the end has pretty much already made my day.
In 1936, The Leader dispatched his commissar on a cross-country tour of America. Mikoyan and his foodie squad toured Wisconsin dairies, Chicago slaughterhouses, and California fruit farms. They studied corrugated cardboard and metal jar lids. They ate intently at self-service cafeterias. (“Here,” Mikoyan later wrote, “is a format born out of the bowels of capitalism but most suited to communism.”)